Monthly Archives: November 2013

Weekly Software News Nov 18th to 24th

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So, while Ekianjo take a short blog vacation (he has been working on it non stop for many months), I take the wheel of the Weekly Software News. Hopefully for me, it was a quiet week, but still an interesting one, with new entries for the Crap Game Competition (you have to try all those short little games!), and some bigger games too, retro-driving oriented this week, with F-1 Spirit remake and the original GTA; plus some tools (like a new IRC client or an updated Pandora Image Viewer). And let’s not forget a new release of DosBox that can handle all mouse driven softwares and games you want.

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Awaodori, A Unique Dance Festival

Yeah, here you go for another off-topic post, again about some aspects of Japan. This time I’ll share with you my experience with the Awaodori, a dance festival held every year in the small city of Tokushima, in the 4th main island of Japan, Shikoku. Basically the whole town becomes a dancing stage for its inhabitants and their traditional yet energetic dance style.

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Update Your GPU Drivers. Damn it!

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It occurred to me that there are still some folks who have not updated their GPU drivers and continue using the default one. There’s no good reason to wait anymore to get a slightly more updated one. So here’s a short post to encourage you to update ASAP, and ensure you get through the update unharmed. Don’t worry, it’s easy, even an über-noob could do it.

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1Ghz Phasing Out, and Successor Announcement

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If you follow the boards, you will probably already know this, but EvilDragon (owner of OpenPandora GmbH, currently manufacturing all Pandoras from Germany), has just released a couple of hours ago two important announcements. First, the 1Ghz unit is phasing out. Not immediately, but there are only parts remaining for about 500 1Ghz units and no more than that. Apparently there will also be about 150 Rebirth (at 600 Mhz) available as well. More importantly, there were talks about the successor of the Pandora.

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Weekly Software News Nov 11th to 17th

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Wow, it’s been a very busy week on the repo. 10 updates and 9 releases, not bad, not bad. Well, we have to take in account that some of it is full of crap (because of the crapgame competition), but even if you remove that part, there’s still very decent things to grab: an excellent UAE4All update, The Tube getting better and better, and many audio apps ported by Canseco. Not that I’d know what to do with them audio apps, though.

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PPSSPP Version 0.9.5: What’s New?

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As the sole (really? Seriously you guys suck big time at contributing…) person in charge of the PPSSPP compatibility list on the Wiki, I’d say I have some authority to consider this 0.9.5.32 release as an overall improvement over the last. Overall it feels a little snappier, and several bugs seem to have been corrected. A worthy release! But all is not perfect, however, as we will see…

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In Space No One Can See You Type

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That’s because Space is dark as fuck, just like your bedroom at night when the lights go out. Or even more so. And No One Can See You Type because you can’t type in the dark with your Pandora. You can’t even see the keys! I know there were some people on the forum hacking the integration of a LED directly in the case, but I had a better idea. Getting a USB LED light. Better because I can’t be bothered. And it works just as well, if not better.

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Violence at Work Like You’ve Never Seen It

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Today I was in a one-day training in my company, and for once they had a good idea to prevent people from falling asleep during the different sessions: provide them toys to play with. It was certainly fun and I recreated this little scene I would call Farm animals vs Aliens. Pictures inside. Beware, these are ultraviolent pictures, stuff you haven’t seen since the Clockwork Orange days.

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Weekly Software News Nov 4th to 10th

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Tons of updates in the past week, with all the .emu emulators from Android getting a new version. If you love emulators in this week you are well served, with a new version of PPSSPP and Mupen64plus 2.0, both from PtitSeb. Let’s not forget that this week you get a proper application to watch Youtube videos (finally you can get rid of that crappy Minitube if you ever had it) and cherry on the cake, here’s Arx Libertatis as well for fans of this french game from Arkane Studios (Lyon Power!).

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How our Server Crashed When HN Traffic Kicked in

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A couple of days ago I posted the article 1000 days on Hacker News, a brief post sharing my experience with being an active member on that site for the past 2 years+. Since it was talking about Hacker News, I posted it on the said website as well and my submission got quickly upvoted. Until it reached close to the top of the list, faster than I was expecting. Traffic is always good, but this was clearly out of control. Uh Oh.

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